De Gourney’s Kiso Mountains on statue india tea paper. Natalie Dinham Photography. Styling by Tara Craig. The preeminent UK based house of design De Gournay was established by collector & businessman Claud Cecil Gurney in 1986.
Did you know that wallpaper is a treasury of artistic talent, beauty, innovation, national craft tradition as well as historic information & contemporary imagination?
One of the most well regarded decor houses, Pierre Frey’s Braquenié line includes this astonishing edition Toiles de Jouy, a vibrantly bold modern rendition of historical models from “antique documents.”
I have always been mad about artisan made wallpaper since I first lived in a Victorian home that amazingly had its original nineteenth century wallpaper adorning the beautifully appointed parlor. A silver ground seemed a celestial sky for a collection of pheasants, birds, imaginary plants, winding vines, butterflies & peonies in dark greens, blues. I spent many hours staring at the patterns, wondering at the detail. My mother, a master of decor took on the power of this bold wallpaper effortlessly, accepting that as is the case of all art wallpaper, you work with it, not against it. It is the centerpiece, it is the greatest piece in your collection.
In my search for more information about this work of art, I only found reference to it, which was a sadly an uninformed woman saying she just took it down in her home.
Wallpaper offers both a grand & intimate scale for imagination of talented contemporary designers, emerging artists and a number of high end famous interior design houses, many of whom date to the 19th century & specialize in handmade historic patterns & creative reinterpretations of tradition.
De Gournay is one of the most famous wallpaper producers, breathtaking green is scattered with vignettes, peonies & botanical wonders. The signature style is contrasting colors paired with the highest technical craftsmanship. Hand painted custom wallpapers, furnishings, porcelain exquisite to behold.
Established in 1935, the French House of Luxury Design Pierre Frey builds on the considerable artistic traditions of France & houses a remarkable archive of documents about creative patterns and decor. While many lines are in fact based in part on historic leitmotifs, the company in fact, also possesses a very contemporary approach. Brands include Braquenié, Fadini Borghi, & Boussa. In this picture, we see a selection from the famous Braquenié, style or old nobility including patterns from 18th & 19th century France. This house was established in 1823, and is world renown & became part of Pierre Frey in the 1990s.
The Imperatrice Eugenie series combines the artistic traditions of the east with a modern sense of the Second Empire aesthetic. The fascinating Pierre Frey site has a full glossary of terms in English & includes engaging histories such as the story of the design: “A fabric version of this exquisite pattern was used in the restoration of the Petit Trianon in Versailles to decorate one of the bedrooms. This was a favorite place for the Empress Eugenie, who worshipped Marie-Antoinette.”